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ACT’s best bars, restaurants and hotels celebrated at annual Hospitality and Tourism Awards
The Duxton bar, East Hotel, National Convention Centre and Little National Hotel were the major winners at the 2018 Hospitality & Tourism Awards hosted by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch on Monday, July 23. Other leading hospitality and tourism venues to win accolades at the prestigious annual event, attended by more…
Canberra's top bars and restaurants announced at the 2018 AHA Awards
What makes a good “local”? It’s got to be local, sure, close by to home. But it’s more than that. A good local feels familiar, you know it might not be the best food in town, you know you might get a cheaper schooner somewhere else, but if it’s Tuesday…
2017 AHA ACT Hospitality Awards - WINNERS
John Press Award   Ryan Sabet   Member of the Year Patina Farnham   Best Restaurant Service Employee (Accom) Paola Passone Vasconcelos, Premier Hotel & Apartments   Best Restaurant Service Employee (Gen) Sharni Watson, The Dock   Best Restaurant Cookery Employee  (Gen & Accom combined) Damian Barbender, OTIS Dining Hall…
Record entries for the 2017 AHA Hospitality Awards
Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were celebrated at the 2017 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards tonight. Following a record number of entries in the Awards, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the cocktail event to honour the outstanding…
CBR 31 Days: Enjoy action-packed Canberra in March
There will be something for everyone in Canberra this March with hundreds of events, exhibitions, shows, festivals and markets on show during the second annual CBR 31 Days. With Canberra set to celebrate its 104th birthday on Monday 13 March, visitors and locals alike can explore the huge diversity of…
IHG’s Karin Sheppard appointed to Tourism Accommodation Australia Board
The Chief Operating Officer of one of Australia’s largest and most established hotel groups – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) – has been appointed to the Board of Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA). Karin Sheppard is IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan region, overseeing the operations and performance of some…
Record entries for the 2016 AHA Hospitality Awards
Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were celebrated at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards tonight. Following a record number of entries in the Awards, more than 440 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding…
WHAT IS BRAND CANBERRA?
This Brand reflects our collective way of thinking. The CBR brand is all about growing the reputation of Canberra and our region and attracting more people to visit, study, live and do business here. It’s about celebrating what’s special about our city. Developing a strong brand for Canberra also makes…
Federal Election - major policies affecting hotels
As we prepare for the federal election confirmed for 2July, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has written to the main political parties seeking clarity and certainty of the parties’ position on key issues that affect our members’ interests. The AHA has a diverse membership of more than 6,000 licensed hotel…
Increase in tourism spending a win for hospitality
Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch welcomes the announcement by the ACT Government that the upcoming budget includes an $8.8million commitment to growing Canberra’s tourism sector. “We are pleased that the ACT Government sees the importance of tourism growth for the local economy,” AHA – ACT Branch General Manager, Jo…
PaTH programme a great initiative
The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has commended the Government’s announcement of an innovative $752 million Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) Programme aimed at helping young job seekers to move off welfare and into employment. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said, “Previous employment programmes had not quite lined up the needs of…
Hotels welcome small business tax concessions
The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has commended the Government’s announcement that the small business entity annual turnover threshold will be increased from $2 million to $10 million from 1 July and that the corporate tax will decrease by 1%. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said, “The previous threshold of $2…
Canberra Hoteliers support Manuka Oval make-over
Following a briefing from Richard Griffiths, COO, GWS Giants, Canberra hoteliers agree the proposed re-development of Manuka Oval will be a win for Canberra licenced hotel, accommodation and tourism sector, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) said today. The $800million proposal includes upgrades to the currently subpar stadium including modestly increasing…
Hospitality and tourism industry set to take flight
The announcement of direct international flights for Canberra will help the hotel and accommodation sector soar, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today. From September, Canberrans will be able to fly from Canberra to Singapore or New Zealand. Singapore Airlines will fly four direct services per week to Singapore…
No appetite for ‘Scores on Doors’ in ACT
Canberra’s hospitality and hotel industry has welcomed the ACT’s Government’s decision to scrap the ‘Scores on Doors’ policy, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today. The ACT Government – via the Territory's Chief Health Officer – announced that it would no longer pursue ‘Scores on Doors’ following strong compliance…
Jamala wins National AHA Award - A 'roaring' success for ACT
  Leading ACT hospitality business Jamala Wildlife Lodge won an Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Award for Excellence on the Gold Coast tonight. Jamala Wildlife Lodge won the Best Tourism Initiative Award, beating several other finalists from interstate. AHA ACT General Manager Brad Watts said the win for Jamala was an outstanding result for the…
Car parking to slam brakes on night time economy
Concessions must be allowed for new paid parking fees in Civic that will penalise Canberra’s growing licensed hospitality industry, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT warned today. With rising labour and business costs, the ACT’s licensed hospitality sector – especially the late-night economy involving bars, restaurants and nightclubs – will…
Hospitality to pay penalty for extra public holiday
Canberra’s licensed hospitality and accommodation sector will pay the penalty following Easter Sunday being gazetted as another public holiday in the ACT, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today. With the ACT’s hospitality industry under pressure, many hotels, bars and licensed venues will simply close their doors – especially…
Canberra's new venues scoop Hospitality Awards
Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards tonight. Following a record number of entries in the Awards, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding…
Alcohol paper a ‘far cry’ from original Review
Canberra’s licensed hospitality industry will carefully consider the ACT Government’s consultation paper on addressing alcohol issues in the ACT, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today (July 21). However it would almost appear that the discussion paper has been prepared for the ACT Attorney General by the anti-alcohol lobby,…
Record entrants for ACT Hospitality Awards
A record number of Canberra’s leading hotels, bars, nightclubs and restaurants have nominated to be crowned the industry’s best licensed venues for the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards. Following strong growth in new bars, hotels and restaurants in Canberra, around 110 nominations have been received across more…
Bed nights boost in ACT Budget
Much-needed funding to boost bed nights in Canberra’s accommodation hotels has been welcomed by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT today.   As recommended by the AHA ACT, the 2015-16 ACT Budget allocated $500,000 over two years for a new Destination Marketing Partnerships program to help increase overnight visitor stays.…
Public holidays to harm hospitality over Easter
Around two thirds of Canberra’s accommodation hotels are expected to scale-back hospitality services this Easter due to the high cost of penalty rates on public holidays, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today (April 3). With the hospitality industry under intense pressure, many hotels will close restaurants, bars and…
Art pioneer remembered by Canberra’s hotel sector
Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT General Manager Brad Watts said: “Former National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Director and art pioneer Betty Churcher was remembered by the local hospitality sector as an instrumental advocate for raising the profile of art and tourism in Canberra. “Mrs Churcher – who died yesterday –…
Poker machine trading scheme must be delayed
The introduction of a poker machine trading scheme in the ACT should be permanently delayed by the ACT Government, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch warned today. The AHA ACT said the proposed trading scheme – where licensed clubs could trade Class-C poker machines in the open marketplace –…
‘Tis the season to be responsible or risk fines
Canberra’s licensed hospitality venues are encouraging people to be on their best behaviour this festive season or face hefty fines, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch warned today (December 18, 2014). Attending the launch of the ACT Government’s Safe Summer 2014-15 campaign, the AHA ACT said Canberra’s popular pubs,…
Canberra Celebrates 2014 AHA ACT Hospitality Awards
New venues, restaurants and hotels scoop Award accolades Canberra’s newest and exciting licensed venues, bars, restaurants and accommodation hotels were honoured at the annual Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards tonight (July 21). Around 400 industry, political and hospitality leaders walked the Black Carpet at QT Canberra to applaud…
Reduce red tape for RSA
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) red tape must be urgently reformed in the ACT to reduce costs and burdens on the licensed hospitality industry, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT warned today (April 4, 2014). Licensed venues are facing a mounting tide of red tape and regulations, including the growing…
Grass to be greener in Kingston after ‘turf war’
Kingston’s grass will be greener once again after the ACT Assembly voted unanimously to restore Green Square with lawn, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today. For several years, licensed venues and traders in Kingston have campaigned for the return of Green Square’s lawn from the current native grass…
Growing Floriade could fertilize hospitality economy
Floriade could maximise economic returns and further boost the hospitality sector in the ACT by transforming the major event into more than a flower show, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch said today. While industry fully supports the Floriade festival that attracts thousands of visitors to Canberra, the latest…
Hotel Realm hailed for back-to-back AHA Awards
Hotel Realm won Australia’s Best Meeting and Events Venue for the second time running at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) 2013 National Awards for Excellence* in Canberra tonight, the AHA ACT Branch said. Held in the nation’s capital for the first time, the AHA National Awards for Excellence involved more than…
Hospitality to grow from ‘Flower Power’ festival
Hospitality trade is set to blossom in Canberra from Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – Floriade 2013 – themed Beautiful Innovation, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch said today. In a much-needed boost for the hospitality and tourism sector, more than 430,000 visitors are expected to visit Canberra, stay in local hotels…
Summer exhibition a ‘golden opportunity’ for hotels
Canberra’s new summer exhibition featuring Peruvian art presents a “golden opportunity” to boost the local hospitality and tourism sector which has struggled over the past six months, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT said today. (September 6) Industry welcomed the National Gallery of Australia’s new exhibition Gold and the Incas – Lost…
Hotels hurt from postponed poll
Canberra’s accommodation hotel industry is hurting from the prolonged economic downturn from the Federal election delay, according to a new survey by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch released today (August 1). The election delay is taking a heavy toll on Canberra’s accommodation sector – with some hotels reporting…
Roaring hotel trade from Lions match
Canberra’s accommodation hotels will be at full capacity this week following the “roaring trade” from the British & Irish Lions rugby union match, according to a new Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch survey released today (June 18). Thousands of fans from across the region and interstate have booked almost…
Warm welcome for winter tourism campaign
Industry has warmly welcomed a major new tourism campaign by the ACT Government to boost visitor numbers and support the accommodation sector during winter, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch said today. The Australian Capital Tourism campaign involves a partnership with accommodation and flight booking provider Wotif.com to drive…
‘100 years in the making’ for AHA ACT Hospitality Awards
The ACT Government’s Human Brochure, the Hyatt Hotel Canberra and East Hotel took top honours as more than 400 people enjoyed a celebration of ‘100 years in the making’ at the 2013 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch Hospitality Awards last night (April 22). To celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, industry leaders,…
Blockbuster boosts hotels and visitors
Industry has applauded the success of the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia which attracted more than 170,200 visitors to Canberra, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch said today. (April 4) The Toulouse-Lautrec blockbuster proved to be a major tourist drawcard – with almost 80 per…